Doctors prime targets for hackers

In November/December 2012 a Queensland Family Medical Practice was hacked and patients records encrypted. They not only attacked the patient database but also disabled the backup system.

The co-owner of the medical practice said, “If you want to know what it felt like, go to your server and pull the plug out of the wall”. Until the attack, the practice thought it had appropriate security precautions in place, but the incident had shown just how vulnerable its systems were.

Australian Medical Association’s Chief Information Officer, Mr Michael Manning has encouraged medical practices to review their IT systems and check the firewall security settings.

This should serve as a wake-up call to all the medical practices. Over the last couple of year, every medical practice had a common trait. Almost every medical practice had a firewall, anti-virus software and some sort of a backup system (that is an entirely different discussion). Each one of them were of the belief that having a firewall, anti-virus and backup system almost ensured that they were secure and protected. Not quite !

While having a firewall offers “some” level of security, it is never enough. Its about time that medical practices took security seriously. Gone are the days of just using a simple anti-virus or a standard firewall. Yes it is inexpensive and convenient. But, in the event of a security breach – the penalties and impact to the business are catastrophic.

Corazon offers an enhanced layer of security for each of its customers. The same security being utilised by the US Government State Department, it creates an invisible network and hides your practice from potential threats.

To find out more about how you can protect your practice and have that peace of mind – get in touch.

 

You can read more about the hacking incident here:

http://ausmed.ama.com.au/doctors-prime-targets-hacker-extortion-scams

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-10/hackers-target-gold-coast-medical-centre/4418676

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/10/24/opportunistic_hackers/